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Posted in: Japan, Britain sign free trade deal for post-Brexit era See in context

All is fine until the Brits find a reason to violate the agreement.

Don't worry, Japan has experience with South Korea in that matter ^^;

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Posted in: 71% of S Koreans see Japan unfavorably as ties sink to record lows See in context

Japan is always in a defence position when SK spreads out its propaganda. Japan also does not publicly admonish SK on its education propaganda against Japan. Just recently I realized Arirang TV (that SK government propaganda channel) will use a new satellite in Europe for its program so there were links to koreaDOTnet about this station in forums but when clicked on the direct link you are rerouted to the welcome page with information about Dokdo, the East Sea, the comfot women and Japanese aggressiontowards Korean... Just despiteful. Therefore those unfavorable survey numbers come to no surprise. Much worse I think is the ongoing false information to the world from SK while Japan stays in a defending position only and with just boring facts can hardly compete about the volume SK uses.

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Posted in: Japan to release treated Fukushima water into sea, media report See in context

If the water is cleaned from radioactive particles, only tritium will be released. Like it is done by any other nuclear power plant around the world - of which some release more Bequerel than now planned at Fukushima. The undertaking is basically nothing but an image problem which of course will be exploit by some countries or people.

Here is a neutral fact report about it: https://translate.google.com/translate?hl=&sl=de&tl=en&u=https%3A%2F%2Fwww1.wdr.de%2Fwissen%2Ftechnik%2Ffukushima-radioaktives-wasser-meer-100.html

Once the release started, there will be numerous NGOs measuring the radioactivity, there will be numbers and they will be tiny - if at all sticking out of random noise - but boosted up by certain people and familiar countries.

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Posted in: Berlin allows 'comfort woman' statue to remain for time being See in context

Time for some Japanese activists to "inform" the German embassy about the real meaning and wrong information on that billboard next to the statue.

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Posted in: Japan tells S Korea it will skip trilateral summit over wartime labor dispute See in context

1965 agreement is a pile of crap in which most of the money went in to pockets of politicians, but not to the people that it was supposed to go to...

Right, but this is not Japan's fault.

Japan and Korea settled reparations with the 1965 agreement. Official Korean documents revealed that Korea had promised to never bring up war compensations again, and that the Korean government was responsible for compensating its citizens. Instead, Park Chung-hee used the money intended for the laborers to fuel the chaebol. On top of that, Japan paid Korea several times and set up a comfort women fund which was dissolved by the Moon administration. It is long past time for Korea needs to move on instead of constantly victimizing itself.

The fact, that you get a lot of thumps down on sinmply writing down facts proves again, that recently there were a lot of pro Korean accounts registered here.

Same happens to OssanAmercia, who just points out the facts and corrects other's wrong statements.

Fair enough Paul, however poo, Treaties serve a primary focus after extreme conflict. The question still remains though, whether Treaties should/must be reviewed in the course of time.

Interesting idea, usually a treaty is signed to be followed by both parties in good faith. Usually such treaties function to set certain standards between the two parties, not to alter and interpret it by one party changing it.

I honestly think that Suga should've attended since these meetings give the opportunity to bring up such issues. Nevertheless I also understand that SK would've just said no and Suga leaves the meeting in SK being told to learn about separation of powers. He would've given the picture of being thrown out of the country after not getting his will. After all SK did, not just locally but worldwide to hurt Japan after Moon took power, no wonder Suga stays away since nothing will change.

BTW, very good observation by you, Kazuaki Shimazaki.

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Posted in: Who pays for the extra toilet paper? The big questions of the work-from-home era See in context

So you have the benefit of working from home, no need to get ready and get dressed for work, no need for commute, saving lots of money and lifetime, can do household stuff on the side - and want more money because of that? How about the poor people that cannot work from home, risking getting infected when boarding the trains, rushing though the weather, having to pay to get to work and basically are under surveillance during office hours. Those are the true heroes that need a pay rise for just doing that - not the ones making it comfortable at home. Just my two cents.

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Posted in: Berlin rescinds approval of 'comfort women' statue installation See in context

Good decision after being tricked in granting the statue. Similar thing happened some years ago in Freiburg/Germany, where the mayor of Freiburg's new sister city Suwan/SK was to be given a present from the Suwan mayor: A statue remembering about womens rights... and so on. It was almost set up in the central park of the city but luckily the city was informed of the real meaning just days before it's planned installation. Now the statue is in a private park somewhere in Bavaria I think... I wonder how much more often cities around the world needs to be informed about the real meaning of these statues.

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Posted in: Group protests to NHK over tweets considered prejudiced against Koreans See in context

I find it amazing how especially during certain times, a massive anti-Japanese downvoting is happening here, when it comes to Koreans involved. Then suddenly newer comments get upvotied when later during a short period of time, a massive downvoting happens. Honi soit qui mal y pense.

The fact, that still until today activist groups from abroad continue the well intended and fact based (those diaries exist!) NHK work to discredit ist shameful. Well, they probably modelled on the last years anti-Japan rages in SK. Always woth a press release when it is anti-Japan. Regrettable, so sad.

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Posted in: Suga won't visit S Korea without guarantee on wartime labor dispute See in context

Another Comfort Woman statue built in Germany, Berlin September 30th, 2020

It was errected under false information and partly secret applications for a permit. In the German press releases you can only find the Korean point of view including giving false colors... For example it is published, that South Korea closed the 2015 deal on comfort women because of recent bilateral problems arising from Japan. Apparently the government of Berlin Mitte, consisting of Left Party, Greens and Social Democrats apparently didn't care so much about historic truth. That is the other side of Germany being stuck-up on other nations who are not as humble-minded. They hear peace statue, immediate thought: Peace=Good. But again kudos for SK for this perfect merchandise of distortion of history. Suga gave the only adequate reply there is.

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Posted in: S Korea's 1st novel on 'comfort women' history appears in English See in context

Very good intro, oldman_13 and very good summary, ReasonandWisdomNippon

William77, Germans these days don't see themselves as Nazi-Germans any more, therefore it is quite easy to distinguish Nazi-Germany from todays Germany and be sorry for that. Youth these days also don't want to be complained about it any more. Also the cold war forced other nations to accept Germany in their common work together. This is different to Japan. Germany was lucky to have forgiving neighbors! Altough even to these days reparation requests pop up here and there - which also are not pursued any more. Again something different to Japan.

The problem SK has is that its Japan-related publications is always biased, supported by the government. The voices from Korea as a victim are heard much easier around the world than correction facts brought up by other countries.

Me, I cannot judge this book since I didn't read and don't intend to buy it but I can assume the goal behind it. I prefer to stick to scientific research and unbiased historians. There is a problem with Japan not being fully open to teach about its past but it's no problem to continue research about it here. In SK anything brought up to weaken SK biased views is being brandmarked treason with consequences on possible careers. I assume many Koreans also mix up the devastating Korean War as a responsibility of Japan.

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Posted in: EU chief says UK cannot change EU-UK withdrawal agreement See in context

It will become interesting whether Japan will act on its trade deal with the UK learning that they might behave like South Korea not obeying international binding contracts.

On the other hand, concerning South Korea other nations don't give a s since it only affects Japan, maybe the same will apply to the UK. But interestingly both contries have their old blaming enemy to always accuse if something goes wrong in domestic politics.

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Posted in: UK announces first major post-Brexit trade deal -- with Japan See in context

Well, it's basically just the EU-deal taken over but let's see how Japan will handle the UK if they continue to break international binding agreements as they just did with the EU. On the other hand, Japan already has a lot of experience in this area considering how South Korea treats international agreements with Japan, therefore I think, the UK is safe, not much gonna happen.

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Posted in: BTS hit 'Dynamite' worth $1.4 billion to South Korea: gov't See in context

K-Pop, especially the five major labels, is for a long time already largely financially aided by the SK-government in order bring congenial feelings to the world, the Ministry of Culture has dedicated a department solely to K-pop. It is part of the plan to also influence in political areas. Personally I don't listen much to K-pop although some bands in the 2000-decade and one-hit wonders like Gangnam Style were quite good. The response this English BTS song also in the foreign press gets, proves, that the combined influence works.

I always stated that SK does a pretty darn good job in promoting their views to the world, this also includes TV shows etc. Also SK is much less strict about airing entertaining SK TV world wide for free most of the time, many shows subtitled in English. Japanese TV (except the tourist promotion channel NHK World) is much harder to find outside Japan and usually costs a lot when a subscription is necessary.

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Posted in: NHK apologizes over tweets said to fan discrimination against Koreans See in context

So despite of the recent typical downvoting when it comes to point out wrong Korean POVs, what we have here is a simple experience of a Japanese at that time. It's written down, that's fact, in a diary and all NHK did was to put it into a modern tweet. What could be more wrong to accuse NHK of racism here!? Because some Koreans didn't like to read about their behavior (again), although all that happened was citing a diary from that time and it was even marked as such. Same goes for pointing out uncomfortable events in the Korean history like some commentators did here.

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Posted in: TikTok grab could extend -- or undermine -- U.S. online dominance See in context

It appears the US is giving the CCP a taste of its own medicine only it isn’t to prove a point but is actually adopting Communist China’s ways.

Don’t forget about the evidence. Where’s the evidence?

Well concluded and something many posters in the other article about TikTok are not aware of.

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Posted in: China warns Japan a TikTok ban would affect relations See in context

TikTok is successful. Anything that could compete not in sight. But not controlled by the US - must be bad. It's ridiculous to blame information theft when other huge western companies and apps do this since day one in a much wider area. What information could you retrieve via mainly anonymous TikTok? Yeah, Trump was angry as hell and totally flipped after he found out TikTok ruined Tulsa for him, but there's no need for Japan to follow any more ridiculous unproven crap coming from the current US government.

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Posted in: Nippon Steel to appeal S Korea ruling allowing seizure of assets See in context

Following the ruling, Japan last year said it would stop preferential treatment for shipments to South Korea

Wait, following the ruling? Sounds like because of the ruling. To my knowledge Japan ended this preferential treatment because of other reasons. Again a storytale SK wants to bring to the world? Well, it did already like many others, too. Disgraceful. I would like to pay this country more respect for what they achieved but it it just not possible with this deplorable politics!

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Posted in: South Korea-Japan trade fight moves to global dispute panel See in context

This old chestnut again. [...]

True. The problem is, that SK is just loud, loud as it can be when it comes to anything against Japan. Examples are endless. And this then is, what most of the foreign press hears, often nicely packed in good English. Japan as the adult stays factual and silent in its explanations, which is not heard since it sounds boring. SK acts like a populist yellow press and does a damn good job. Japan must finally find a way to counter this.

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Posted in: Japan to grant re-entry 'gradually' to foreign residents stuck abroad See in context

Wait, Germany did! As a German national I was allowed into the country at all the time. However, there was a time when my Japanese husband would not have been allowed to enter Germany, I am pretty sure, because actually we had planned to visit my family in May, so I did some research back then

So what you're saying is that you wanted to go on a vacation trip to Germany while you and your Japanese spouse reside in Japan. Don't you realize that this is different from having your residence in Germany and you including your Japanese spouse simply wanted to return? In the latter he would've been allowed in - contrary to Japan.

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Posted in: China demands Japanese fishing boats not trespass in its waters See in context

Japan has to put a permanent presence on one of the islets, if possible. Like the phrase says. "Use it or lose it." Mother Nature might make it too treacherous to build something though.

The islands are big enough to build something on there without problems. But that should not be necessary, the islands are Japanese. There exists numerous uninhabited islands in the world that are clear to belong to a certain country. Why not just declare them as a nature reserve area or the like, no buildings allowed. On the other hand, a manned station of any kind would be helpful to define any further attempt from China to steal the islands as an invasion or as an act of war.

Any civilized country would handle such a dispute in a court like the ICJ. Hello China, go there and make your claims! Same goes for Korea with Takeshima/Liancourt Rocks. Japan is willing to settle the arguments by a verdict, why don't you!? Are your arguments too weak?

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Posted in: Apple wins EU court battle in tax case See in context

@Sh1mon M4sada: You still haven't checked how the tax system in the EU works, did you?

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Posted in: Apple wins EU court battle in tax case See in context

@Sh1mon M4sada: You apparently don't know how the EU and taxes there work - and what communism really is. Anyway I don't think this will be the end, it was a first verdict.

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Posted in: Mandatory charging for plastic shopping bags starts in Japan See in context

Often those konbini bags are used for trash at home. If now these won't come for free anymore, people might actually not buy them or re-use them but for the garbage at home they'll need to buy new ones. I honestly don't think, Japan has a shopping bag pollution problem, especially considering the neat clean-up behavior in public.

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Posted in: Japan conveys objection to Trump's plan to add S Korea to G-7 See in context

So Russia was thrown out because of Crimea, SK should be in because of Takeshima? Just comparing. As long as SK does not accept ICJ decision on conflicts it causes with other members of the group, there shouldn't be any talks about becoming a member. Also I have doubts SK would take economic side with current G7 members when it comes to ties with NK and China. I would call this another "Trump" trying to pave the way for future investment of his companies after his term as president. Unfortunately my argument does not work politically well when considering Trumps' affection for NK and other likely countries.

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Posted in: S Korean lawmaker-elect denies wrongdoing over 'comfort women' funds See in context

SK will never grow up when continuously putting such people into high offices. Sadly also that AP ist publishing news from the SK point of view (good work SK) by spreading the information SK was taken of Japans preferential trading list because of a phony forced labor verdict.

It is so sad to see such childish behavor hindering SKn youth to grow up without prejudice. I just wish SK takes responsibility once by accepting an ICJ verdict about the issues they have with Japan. Regrettfully keeping this smoldering conflict going seems to be part of SK politics.

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Posted in: Second wave of coronavirus infections feared around world See in context

Who knows, maybe this is already the 2nd wave. Just recently a guy in France was proven to be infected by Covid-19 already in December: https://www.bbc.com/news/world-europe-52526554 . Maybe the virus was in circulation way before that time already.

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Posted in: S Korean ruling party wins parliamentary majority See in context

As expected the Coronavirus gave Moon a huge push but look at the votes:

Popular Vote:

Moon's Democratic Future Party: 33.4 %

Opponent's United Future Party: 33.8 %

Given Seats:

Moon's Democratic Future Party: 180 (!!)

Opponent's United Future Party: 103 (?!)

What a crooked system! No wonder South Koren citizens are tired of it. At least what I heard last time I visited friends in Seoul - which was early December.

Just some examples of the poor system: Moon's party got 51 seats alone in Gyeonggi and 41 in Seoul by a minor constituency margin and the opponent's party only got 7, resp. 8 seats there although the popular vote was 33.1% vs 33.2% in Seoul and 31.4% vs 34.7% in Gyeonggi. In both Chungcheong provinces it was even turned upside down, as was the nationwide outcome! On the other hand, other "democracies" have the same type of system. One of the biggest also made the loser by millions president.

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Posted in: China says Taiwan attacks on WHO are venomous, aimed at independence See in context

Taiwan already is an independant, free, democratic and proud country for many decades, no need to further seek what you already have. The shame goes to other countries that rather knuckle down under China's pressure.

Taiwan should belong officially to the UN and as a fun fact, Taiwan (known as as the Republic of China) actually is a permanent member of the security council: https://legal.un.org/repertory/art23.shtml

But since the long overcome world order of the 70ies still takes its toll to todays political games, the best thing Taiwan can do is to continue the silent path between the PRCs threat of "non-peaceful measures" and the acceptance of business by the rest of the world. And if Taiwan gets locked out of important life saving information from the WHO and the like, another country should step in and act (not officially though) on behalf of Taiwan.

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Posted in: Trump threatens to freeze U.S. funding for WHO, saying they 'missed the call' on coronavirus See in context

Oh, the old blame game. Trump is a disgrace and insult for the whole civilized world.

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Posted in: N Korea fires two short-range ballistic missiles into Sea of Japan See in context

South Korea's Joint Chiefs of Staff said the North fired the two projectiles, presumed to be ballistic missiles, from the port city of Wonsan into the Sea of Japan, also known as the East Sea.

Slight correction: "...into the Sea of Japan, known in Korea as East Sea".

Always amazed how SK manages to translate their name Donghae into "East Sea" in international press releases but don't do so with the East China Sea aka in Korean as South Sea (Namhae) or the Yellow Sea aka in Korean as West Sea (Seohae).

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